Michael Parekowhai

Porirua, New Zealand, b.1968 (Ngā Ariki, Ngāti Whakarongō)

Michael Parekowhai is a prominent contemporary artist, whose practice has received national and international acclaim. He works across multiple disciplines, drawing on a range of personal and cultural narratives and referencing the canon of art history and popular culture. Parekowhai reconsiders traditional notions of art-making, with works that are conceptually based and multi-layered. His work often simultaneously alludes to Māori, New Zealand, and international concerns. Parekowhai graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts with an MFA in 2000, where he now holds the position of Associate Professor in Fine Arts. Parekowhai’s work is held in major public and private collections in New Zealand and abroad. In 2001, Parekowhai became an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate, and in 2015, a major survey of his practice, which spans more than two decades, was hosted by the QAGOMA.

Essays
Auction Results

Acts

c. 1993

lost wax bronze cast

80mm x 140mm (overall)

Estimate $3,500 - $5,500

Acts

c. 1993

lost wax bronze cast

165mm x 295mm

Achieved $9,675.13

Ed Brown

2000

C-type print, edition of 10

1070mm x 1265mm

Achieved $19,837.50

The Bosom of Abraham

1999

screenprinted vinyl, fluorescent light fitting

1310mm x 220mm x 70mm

Achieved $14,070

Rainbow Servant Dreaming

2012

automotive paint on fibreglass

415mm x 170mm x 105mm

Achieved $10,552.50

Rainbow Servant Dreaming

2012

automotive paint on fibreglass

415mm x 170mm x 105mm

Achieved $8,793.75

Craig Keller

2000

C-type print, edition of 10

1260mm x 1040mm

Achieved $14,070

Kapa Haka (Maquette)

2014

automotive paint on fibreglass, edition of 100

410mm x 125mm x 100mm

Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

Lou Lombardi

2000

C-type print, edition of 10

535mm x 438mm

Achieved $7,327.63

Messines

2001

c-type photograph, edition of 8

1550mm x 1250mm

Estimate $16,000 - $22,000